Mark Cromer

A House Dividing

President Obama’s gilded rhetoric masks our cultural meltdown

By Mark Cromer
January 21, 2009

President Barack Obama’s sparing but masterful use of gilded rhetoric on the Washington Mall was indeed a powerful exemplar of what inaugural addresses are mostly good for: speaking to the unity of the nation and highlighting the historic bonds that connect us, like an epoxy that fills the deep fissures that transect our young democratic experiment.

Here To Stay?

Poverty, violence and corruption: Illegal immigrants know there’s no place like home
By Mark Cromer
January 16, 2009

As the jobless rate continues its ascension ever closer to double digits—and there’s every reason to believe the real figure of unemployment, not just those collecting benefits, is already there—the debate over immigration has increasingly turned to whether or not illegal immigrants are returning to their home countries.

New Year’s Wish: A Reality Check for the Governor

Schwarzenegger & The Church of Mass Consumerism

By Mark Cromer
December 30, 2008

The easy call for the defining moment of 2008 is a beaming President-elect Barack Obama standing triumphant in front of a sea of Americans gathered in Chicago’s Grant Park in celebration of his historic ascension to the White House. It was a moment that brought the Bush era to an end as succinctly as President Ford’s eulogy had closed the book on Nixon, Vietnam and the 1960s: “Our long national nightmare is over.”

GOP Gethsemane

Republican deliverance rests in immigration policy

By Mark Cromer
December 11, 2008

Memo to the Democrats: Please remember to keep Karl Rove high on your holiday gift list this year. Your conundrum, of course, is what to get the man that handed you the death warrant for the Republican Party—with a bright red, white and green ribbon on top.

Peak Government

Ask not what your government can do for you
By Mark Cromer
November 17, 2008

As a beaming President-elect Barack Obama gazed out at the sea of Americans that had gathered on election night in Chicago’s Grant Park to revel in his meteoric ascendance to the White House, the emotionally-charged triumph was awe inspiring.

Yet I couldn’t help flashing back to another emotional sea of humanity—the one that three years earlier surged through New Orleans seeking shelter and salvation from Hurricane Katrina.

Silence of the Greens

Why LA’s environmentalists are frightened of addressing overpopulation

By Mark Cromer
November 11, 2008

Environmentalists are fond of saying that the debate over global warming is over. The fundamental questions about its existence, its impacts and the human contribution to it have been settled and time is of the essence as we consider local, regional and global responses.

What We Haven’t Heard Yet

Four debates and not a single question—or answer—on immigration

By Mark Cromer

The three presidential debates and single vice presidential debate are now behind us and yet after nearly eight cumulative hours of the candidates regurgitating the sound bites they’ve honed (or dulled) on the stump, the nation has heard nary a word on immigration or the challenges it poses to our nation’s future.

Deja Vu All Over Again

From the bailout to amnesty—America's leaders are lost

By Mark Cromer

For many Americans the sense of déjà vu must have been palpable these past few weeks. There was President Bush and a cadre of bi-partisan Congressional leaders presenting the nation with a sweeping ultimatum—without debate—and demanding acquiescence as the only possible solution to a crisis that they have watched ferment for years.

The Questions You Won’t Hear (But Should!)

It’s time for immigration details in the presidential debates
By Mark Cromer
September 25, 2008

Whenever it is that Senators Barack Obama and John McCain take the stage for the first presidential debate, the two candidates will certainly focus on the electorate’s palpable fear over the teetering economy.

Departures on ICE

Illegal immigrant fugitives know they don’t have to leave
By Mark Cromer
August 28, 2008

Uncle Sam’s brainstorm to ask nearly a half-million illegal immigrant fugitives to voluntarily turn themselves in for fast-track deportation died last week to the same reaction it received when it debuted: laughter.